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There was no bogey man in the sky waiting to chastise me. , 5-6-04/6-18-07 My bride (2nd) of 22 yrs & I excommunicated the Church within two weeks of each other.
No bogie man sitting on my shoulder "tempting" me... Like Paul Toscano, I was entranced by the theology, studying it for ~55 yrs, until the member abuse under Gordon B Hinckley came to a head for me.
Then they bushwhacked me into not prosecuting or suing.
Then they got me to talk to the bishop the next day. , 2008 I read Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable (New Directions Paperbook) and then Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New Directions Paperbook) followed by a recommendation of the Tao Te Ching Zen and then other beliefs spoke to my heart in a way that no longer allowed me to believe that this faith could be the one true word of God.
I miss certain things but in the process of discovering who I am I also discovered the church is NOT true.
Not a bad organisation and does some very good things along with many good memories but no longer for me. I am no longer alone, still have a relationship with God and believe it or not I have the holy ghost with me even though in my letter I was told I was not worthy. , June 22, 2014 My mom used to use Mormon doctrine to justify the abuse she put my family through.
We hereby publicly release the Strengthening The Members Committee, Visiting Teachers, Home Teachers, Bishop and Stake President from their duties.
My reasons for leaving are found here: mangledtrump.
Part of what pushed me over the edge was some of Eric Hoffer's books, starting with The True Believer and culminating with The Ordeal of Change.
The fall began when I worked for the Portland Oregon Temple.
I saw the wizard behind the curtain ;) and it was rather disappointing.
I'm excommunicated and I have no interest in a bogus faith, in fact, I'm atheist now." They then tried to leave until one of them came back up to me and had the audacity to ask "I'm just curious, but do you mind if I ask if you feel bad that the Holy Spirit had left you and you can't get into Heaven? " They then left, but not before I said, "you better tell the Salem Ward in Virginia Beach that they owe me at least $5,000 for some dumb stuff they did! What a feeling of relief that washed over me after posting the letter. I was to live the best I could and not give a rip about what others were saying about me.